I expected to do some reading, share some conversation with folks I've come to know at Catholicmom.com, and maybe some I didn't yet know. I figured I'd learn something, but even if I didn't, I'd be devoting some time to a worthwhile topic.
I didn't expect to enjoy it this much.
Silly, I know. Last year, I shied away from "Lawn Chair Catechism" because I figured anything with
"catechism" in the title couldn't be as light and breezy an approach as the title made it sound.
Wait. This is catechism?
Today's chapter was only six - count 'em - SIX pages long, but had more "aha" moments than a twenty minute homily. At the center of it all was the concept that God not only wants a relationship with each of us, but he has already laid the groundwork. He's extended his hand, sent the e-vite, called our name. We just need to RSVP.
I don't know about you, but I don't remember learning that in catechism.
It's not about stand-sit-kneel. It's not about Hail Marys and Acts of Contrition and Our Fathers or
penance or sacraments or even Mass.
It's about God. All of those other things exist merely to facilitate prayer and bring us closer to Him. They are tools in our relationship tool box, ways of facilitating communication between we humans and our divine father.
Paprocki quoted Stephen Covey's first habit ("Be proactive") in this week's chapter and Sarah referenced that in her post as well. I'd like to add my own Covey habit here: begin with the end in mind. For Catholics -- and all Christians, for that matter -- the desired end is a relationship with God. We begin that relationship by accepting God's invitation, we explore it through the sacraments and the tenets of our faith and we deepen it by accepting that God is in control rather than trying to proactively micromanage every facet of our lives.
If only it were that easy. On to Chapter 3.
Word Count Wednesday: 6118 :-)